Roberts Cove wedding ceremony unites couple

A one o’clock afternoon wedding ceremony on Saturday February 27, 2010 at St. Leo IV Catholic Church united Rachel Lynn Simoneaux of Rayne and Kyle David Smith of Lafayette in holy matrimony. The double-ring ceremony was celebrated by Fr. Keith Bordelon, church pastor.

The bride is the daughter of Gregory and Jennifer Simoneaux of Rayne. Her grandparents are Jerome and Hilda Simoneaux and Alfred and Marceline Zaunbrecher, Sr., all of Rayne. She is a 2003 graduate of Notre Dame High School of Acadia Parish, 2008 graduate of UL-Lafayette, and is employed by Carmichael’s Cashway Pharmacy.

The groom is the son of Karen Smith of Bayou Vista and Kevin Smith of Berwick. His grandparents are Jerry and Janet Donahoe of Bayou Vista, and Wanda Smith of Oklahoma and the late Robert Smith. He is a 2004 graduate of Berwick High School, attained his bachelor’s degree from UL-Lafyette in psychology, and a master’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. He is currently employed by UL-Lafayette.

Providing musical selections for the wedding ceremony were Rachel Koch and Amy Whatley.

Guests were ushered to their seats by Scott and Michael Simoneaux, brothers of the bride.

Scriptures were recited by Mary Baronet and Kyle Guidry.

Traditional items selected by the bride for her wedding day included her great-grandmother’s rosary as something old, her wedding dress was something new, a pearl broach and necklace as something borrowed, and her shoes were something blue.

Escorted by her father, the bride wore an Oleg Cassini design of ivory satin featuring an off the shoulder neckline. The slight ruched bodice complimeted the natural waist and A-lined full skirt. A pearl-enhanced comb held a double-layered veil of ivory tulle including a fingertip blusher. She carried a hand-held nosegay bouquet of eight ivory roses accented with pearl and purple fillers and intertwinned with her great-grandmother’s rosary.

Attending her sister as maid of honor was Michelle Simoneaux. Bridesmaids were Tracy Delate, sister of the bride; Christina Guidry and Katherine Swinkey, friends of the bride; and Colleen Baronet, cousin-in-law of the bride. Junior bridesmaid was Shelbi Fontenot, cousin of the groom.

Bridal attendants each wore a floor-length dress of Sandria chiffon and charmeuse noted at the waistline with a wide waste band. Each carried three hand-held ivory roses.

The bride’s cousin and godchild, Madeline Pry, served as flower girl. She wore a white dress featuring cotton bishop sleeves and was hand-smocked with ecru flowers and seeded pearls at the neckline and sleeves. The hemline was accented with ivory satin ribbon.

The groom was attended as best man by his brother, Ryan Smith. Groomsmen were Chris Manuel, Mike Dupuis, Daniel Wilson and Damien Bonnette, friends of the groom. Junior groomsman was Colby Robert, cousin of the bride.

For her daughter’s wedding, the mother of the bride wore a mock two-piece dress of sapphire taffeta featuring a full-length jacket with three-quarter length sleeves.

The groom’s mother selected a two-piece ensemble of teal hammered satin featuring a sleeveless dress complimented with a laser-cut tiered skirt and topped with a bolero jacket with three-quarter length sleeves.

Immediately following the wedding ceremony, the newlyweds were honored during a reception held at the Point-aux-Loup Springs Ballroom in Iota.

Among the refreshments provided for the guests was the bride’s cake, a three-tiered octago-shaped ivory confection detailed with scrollwork and lined with ivory satin ribbon. The top tier was surrounded with various shades in hues of burgundy and dusty rose blooms. The cake was served by the bride’s godmother, Roxanne Alleman.

The groom’s cake was a traditional chocolate confection with strawberry filling created in the shape of an ice chest containing beverages. The cake was served by the groom’s aunt, Valarie Fontenot.

Following their wedding trip to Gatlinburg, TN, the couple will reside in Lafayette.

Prior to the wedding, a rehearsal dinner was held Friday, Feb. 26, 2010 at Chef Roy’s Frog City Café in Rayne.

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